November 25, 2014

General Assembly

Courtesy of Jonah Rosen, The Daily Collegian

 As the Legislative Branch of the UPUA, the General Assembly is comprised of elected and appointed members who serve to represent the undergraduate student body at Penn State University Park. Every academic college has one representative elected to represent the students within that college. Additionally, there are 20 At-Large Representatives tasked with acting in the best interest of all undergraduate students. Finally, there are seven community group representative seats filled to provide a unique perspective to the UPUA’s General Assembly. The General Assembly researches and writes legislation in Committee, and once passed by the respective committee, the legislation is brought to the floor to be voted on by all members either as a Policy, a Resolution, or a Bill.

Assembly Leadership

Speaker of the Assembly:

Tom Sarabok

The UPUA’s Assembly maintains and operates four committees that seek to continually improve the lives of students at the university. Each committee has specific functions within the organization and is headed by a Chair and Vice Chair. The four Chairs, the Speaker, the President, the Vice President, and other members of the Executive Board form the Steering Committee, which overlooks all legislation passed by the committees. Questions or comments for Speaker Sarabok can be directed to

Chair of Academic Affairs Committee:

Diego Santos

The Academic Affairs Committee is one of five sub-divisions of the University Park Undergraduate Association’s legislative branch. It serves as a forum to focus student concerns regarding academia and undergraduate education. All academic college representatives are required to sit on the Academic Affairs Committee. This committee also works closely with the Faculty-Senate. All questions and concerns on these matters and others similar to them can be sent to Chair Santos at

Vice Chair: Paty Birungi

Chair of Facilities Committee:

Marlowe Galbraith

The Facilities Committee serves to better campus life for all students, specifically in regards to University facilities and structures located at University Park. Members of this committee also sit on a number of advisory committees, including the Facilities Fee Advisory Board, in which they collaborate with other organizations and faculty on how the Facilities Fee will be allocated for the year. All questions and concerns on these matters and others similar to them can be sent to Chair Galbraith at

Vice Chair: Sarah Jordan

Chair of Governmental Affairs Committee:

Zachary McKay

The Governmental Affairs Committee oversees all matters pertaining to advocacy and relations at the local, state, and federal levels of government, as well as the Penn State Board of Trustees. The committee works to better students’ lives through projects including increasing student voter registration and turnout, advocating strong appropriations from the Pennsylvania General Assembly, and building and maintaining continued relationships between students and their elected officials. All questions and concerns on these matters and others similar to them can be sent to Chair McKay at

Vice Chair: Steven Zhang

Chair of Student Life Committee:

Jacob Klipstein

The Student Life Committee works on initiatives related, but not limited to sexual assault, diversity, and mental health. They host multiple events throughout the year such as Mental Health and Wellness Week and Sexual Violence Awareness Week in order to bring to light issues that are plaguing Penn State students. They have worked on comprehensive reports on Diversity & Inclusion at Penn State, examining the cultural climate at the University Park campus. All questions and concerns on these matters and others similar to them can be sent to Chair Klipstein at

Vice Chair: YuNa Choi

Chair of Outreach Committee:

Lexy Pathickal

In an effort to improve relations with outside organizations and marginalized communities, the 12th assembly created the sub-committee on Outreach. This committee builds relationships with organization through planning collaboration opportunities. Some of the many initiatives the Outreach committee has pursued include a Tri-Caucus dinner with Penn State’s multicultural caucuses and a Meet & Greet with the Black Student Union. Over the next year, the committee plans to accomplish a wide variety of initiatives including the expansion of #YouAreWelcomeHere onto campus and a variety of Lunch with Laura events throughout the year! All questions and concerns on these matters and others similar to them can be sent to Chair Pathickal at

Vice Chair: Aphrodite Biswas

At-Large Representatives

Tyler Akers

Aphrodite Biswas

Erin Boas

Rodney Burgwin

YuNa Choi

Marlowe Galbraith

Mariana Garcia

Anthony Guzzo

Sarah Jordan

Jacob Klipstein

Tyler Ladzinski

Zachary McKay

Genevievre Miller

Adeline Mishler

Percy Mottley III

Danny Muldowney

Lexy Pathickal

Katherine Schaberl

Alejandra Trejo

Steven Zhang


Academic Representatives

College of Agricultural Science — Aiyana Southerland

College of Arts and Architecture — Alex Wu

College of Bellisario College of Communications — Alexis Burke

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences — Amanda Byrd

Eberly College of Science — Diego Santos

College of Education — Chelsey Wood

College of Engineering — Grace Hageman

College of Health & Human Development — Paty Birungi

College of Information Sciences and Technology — Isabella Webster

College of Liberal Arts — Helia Hosseinpour

College of Nursing — Ellen Maple

Division of Undergraduate Studies — Emmanuel Almonte

Schreyer Honors College — Noelle Musolino

Smeal College of Business — Tom Sarabok

Community Group Representatives

Black Caucus — Edred Richardson

Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Caucus — Yoo Jin Jeong

Latino Caucus — Heidy Canales

Interfraternity Council (IFC) — Vacant

Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) — Kenny Casals

National Panhellenic Council (NPHC) — Troi Pryor

Panhellenic (PHC) — Cathy Minnette-Zhou

First-Year Representatives

Najee Rodriguez

Kara Doluisio